Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Sara

Jennifer Sara, a US national, is the Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. She takes on this new role following her positions as Sector Manager for Sustainable Development for Vietnam. She joined the Bank as a Research Analyst for the Water and Sanitation Program in 1989. Jennifer has spent 13 years in the field, including assignments in Brazil, Bolivia and Vietnam. Other positions she has held include Lead Infrastructure Specialist in Latin America & the Caribbean, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist in Africa and Water and Sanitation Specialist for WSP.

Jennifer has worked to ensure an integrated approach across all water-related projects, customizing the Bank’s global water strategy to the country dialogue, and providing policy advice and operational support in response to specific client needs.

Jennifer holds an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of London, Wye College, and a BSc in Environmental Engineering from Brown University.

Jennifer Sara’s Keynote Address will take place on Tuesday, October 14th at 1:00 PM.

Conference Schedules

Listed below are links to the most recent versions of the conference activity schedules. Please be aware that these schedules are subject to change. A schedule of Side Events and their descriptions can be found in the Conference Program.

Other Activities

Late-breaking Session: Ebola and WaSH

This workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 PM in the Sunflower Room. The goal of this workshop is to communicate what is known or suspected as well as what we still need to know about Ebola virus risks in relation to WaSH. For more information on the event, please see the event flyer.

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Addressing Inequalities in Access to WaSH

This panel discussion will take place on Thursday, October 16th at 8:30 AM in Grumman Auditorium. The purpose of the panel discussion is to engage panelists and the audience in a conversation focused on developing an understanding of whether or not we are indeed reducing inequalities in access to WaSH. Our panel will consist of national level decision-makers, international and local observers, and donors who will discuss what the current data suggests, what types of issues need to be overcome to make programs successful, whether there’s commitment at all levels of society to reduce inequalities as well as a multitude of related questions. For more information and for a list of the panelists, please see the session flyer.

Writing a Publishable Scientific Paper: A Boot Camp for the Writing Process

Writing up your work for publication can be one of a scientist’s biggest challenges. You career advancement, and the advancement of your field, depends on getting your work into the peer-reviewed literature. Do you have projects you need to write for publication? Does the writing process seem overwhelming and intimidating? Are you struggling with organization and presentation of your ideas? Do you have writing in process that isn’t coming together the way you want? Whether you are just starting research or ready to write, this interactive workshop will help you make progress on your paper by tackling all stages of your writing process.

Bring your questions and manuscript writing projects at any stage. This workshop is highly interactive- we will work with your specific examples to help you organize and plan your writing. It is for scientists at any stage of the writing process, whether you are just starting or in the process of writing a manuscript. The class will be taught by Dr. Lisa Casanova, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Georgia State University, and it will take place on Tuesday, October 14th, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.

If you wish to take part in this activity, and would like to reserve a space, please provide your information below, though conference attendees are invited to attend, whether they make a reservation or not. There is no additional cost for taking part in the Writing Bootcamp.